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Caring for Your Fall Mums

So you bought some mums this fall…. I mean why not, they are gorgeous!! They add so much color …

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November Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower Witch hazel camellias American beautyberry Hollies Nandinas Pyracantha Washington Hawthorne Fertilizing Use wood ashes around the vegetable garden, bulb beds, and non-acid loving plants …

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September/October Garden Calendar

Plants in Flower Helenium/Sneezeweed Japanese anemone Rose-of Sharon/Hardy hibiscus Butterfly bush Dahlia Bluebeard Canna Lily Tickseed Chrysanthemum Lavender Crocus White turtlehead Liriope Russian …

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Forage Tour

Join us for an evening pasture walkthrough at Running T Farms with owners Josh and Brandi Teague. Focused on …

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July Garden Calendar

Fertilizing We recommend giving landscape plants a second (last) feeding of fertilizer. Planting Begin your fall vegetable garden this month, planting …

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Alexander County Farmers Market

The Alexander County Farmers Market is starting back on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 8 a.m.–noon! We will be located …

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Weed of the Week

This week’s weed is yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus). Yellow nutsedge is a perennial weed that can spread quickly into …

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Pool Owners BEWARE!!

Two invasive insects have been found in neighboring states, the Asian longhorned beetle in South Carolina and the spotted lanternfly in Virginia. Oddly enough, both …

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Mud Management for Livestock Farms

We have had unprecedented amounts of rainfall the last three winters, and this has led to significant mud problems across …

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Visit NC Farm App

Are you the owner or operator of a farm, pick-your-own farm, farmers market, local food & drink establishment, local …

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Small Farms Week

We are kick-starting our Small Farms Week Celebration with a canned food drive and submission of a farmer or …

Pesticide Classes Available in February

N.C. Cooperative Extension-Alexander County Center will be offering two ONLINE Pesticide Classes. The Commercial Pesticide Class will be held on …

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Piedmont Winter Grains Meeting

The Piedmont Winter Grains Meeting will be held on January 12, 2021, from 10 a.m. to noon. This meeting …

Recent Publications related to Agriculture & Food

Switchgrass: Establishment, Management, Yield, Nutritive Value, and Utilization

This publication summarizes results from 26 studies addressing the establishment, cell wall content, cultivar improvement, …

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Figure 1: Muscadine grapes are a nutritious and tasty snack

Muscadine Grape: Family Activity Guide

Celebrating, learning and loving everything about muscadine grapes. This guide provides activities for families to …

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High Density Apple Orchard Management

This publication focuses on the management techniques and economic analysis of orchards with more than …

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Rotary Hoe: A Blind Cultivation Tool for In-Row Weed Control

Expanding organic grain markets have increased interest in mechanical weed control. Learn how the rotary …

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Planting Rate Recommendations for Organic Soybean Producers

For organic soybean producers increased seeding rates improve early soybean canopy density, which shades out …

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The initial symptoms of B deficiency

Tobacco - Boron (B) Deficiency

Tobacco plants that are B deficient are stunted very early on in production when compared …

Phosphorus Deficiency

Tobacco - Phosphorus (P) Deficiency

Phosphorus (P) deficiency in tobacco begins as a noticeable stunting when compared to a plant …

Nitrogen deficiency

Tobacco - Nitrogen (N) Deficiency

By far, nitrogen (N) is the most widely applied nutrient for plant growth. It …